Sunday, January 01, 2012

Port of St. Vincent: Welcome to America

Originally issued in 1888, this is an 1891 copy of a
Declaration of Intention
  [Courtesy:  Jim Benjaminson]

This Declaration of Intention certificate is for Magnus Benjaminson.  He emigrated from Iceland in 1886, and arrived in the United States via the Port of St. Vincent.

Many entered the United States via the Port of St. Vincent from Canada, and still more came across the young territory of Minnesota from the South by train, wagon, and even steamship. Some stayed, most left.  St. Vincent was a crossroads just like her sister city Pembina was before her.

New York had Ellis Island, Kittson County had St. Vincent!